Sexual citizenship, pride parades, and queer migrant Im/Mobilities

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The paper argues that Trans Queer Pueblo (TQP)’s protest at the 2017 Pride Parade in Phoenix, AZ, and changes in police participation made by the Pride parade committee in 2020, provide a window for exploring how constructions of sexual citizenship reinforce neo-colonial logics that reproduce and naturalize differential LGBTQ mobilities. Framing citizenship as entailing both belonging (“normative citizenship”) and legal status (“legal citizenship”), I argue that TQP’s protest suggested that curtailing police presence in Pride Parades provides a means to challenge how normative belonging and legal status intertwine to reproduce differential mobilities—used here to mean possibilities for physical movement through space. The Pride Committee’s 2020 ban on police participation reflected important efforts to address how racism and settler colonialism create un/belonging from citizenship within LGBTQ communities; yet showed inability to understand or address how the legal aspect of citizenship reproduces inequalities and differential mobilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1877-1897
Number of pages21
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2023


  • Pride parades
  • Trans Queer Pueblo
  • Undocumented LGBTQ migrants
  • differential mobilities
  • police
  • sexual citizenship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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